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Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest

One of the biggest highlights of Animethon is the Cosplay Contest, a live event which allows contestants to show off their costumes in a live setting for prizes! Trophies! Eternal glory! And bragging rights! We only have space for approximately 30 to 50 people or teams, so please read the rules and sign up quickly for your chance to be a part of Animethon history!

1. Contest Format

1.1 Contestants are encouraged to pre-register into the contest via the website using the Cosplay Contest form. Registration may also be completed onsite at room Room 7-184 on Saturday, August 10, between 9:00am and approximately noon (exact times to be announced). If you pre-registered via the website form, please check-in at room Room 7-184 on Saturday, August 10 so we can be sure you are still participating!

1.2 If there are too many entries for the contest as determined by pre-registration, then all entrants will need to go through the preliminary process for pre-screening of their performances.

1.3 On Saturday, August 10, all contestants must arrive at room Room 7-184 approximately one and a half hours before the start of the contest for instructions and pre-judging of costumes.

1.4 The Cosplay Contest will last approximately one and a half hours, with an additional half hour for judges’ deliberations and award presentation. After the judges have finished deliberating, the winners will be announced. Contestants must be present to accept awards.

1.5 Winners in the Cosplay Contest will be selected for the following categories:
  • Best in Show
  • Best Costume
  • Best Performance
  • Fan Favourite
  • Honorable Mention – Best First Timer
  • Honorable Mention – Mr./Ms. Congeniality
  • Junior Category - Entrant must hold a child pass

2. Rules and Regulations

2.1 Costumes and props must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what Animethon celebrates (anime, comics, video games, or pop culture). Costumes and props should adhere to general Animethon rules and regulations including the weapons and props policy. All props must comply with the Animethon 20 Weapons and Props policy as stated on the Animethon website. If you are unsure of a certain item, please contact the safety office to confirm if the prop is valid. You may be disqualified from the contest if your props are deemed unsafe for the event. No exceptions will be made.

2.2 Only handmade costumes are eligible to win the Best Costume award. Costumes created with the help of friends or family is accepted, however at least 50% of the costume has to be made by the contestant. Prefabricated costumes will be allowed as long as at least 70% of the costume has been altered by the contestant.

2.3 Contestants can enter the contest individually or as part of a team. If you enter as part of a team, your team will be judged together for the purposes of the Best in Show and Best Performance awards. However, your costumes will still be judged individually for the purposes of the Best Costume award.

2.4 There is a 2 minute time limit for all performances. If the performance goes over the time limit, the contestant will be disqualified. Exceptions CAN be made on a case by case basis. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator for more details. All skits must be family friendly.

2.5 Music
  • 2.5.1 For skits, if you have a music track that you would like to use specifically, please upload using the form or email the mp3 to the Cosplay Coordinator as part of your registration. No music will be accepted at the event itself. Please email it to the Cosplay Coordinator in advance.
  • 2.5.2 For walk-ons, if you have a music track that you would like to use specifically, please upload using the form or email the mp3 to the Cosplay Coordinator as part of your registration. No music will be accepted at the event itself. Please provide it in advance, otherwise Animethon will provide random, upbeat background music for you.

2.6 Judges will give their ratings based on the following criteria:
  • Performance: (100 points)
    • Concept and creativity of the skit (30 points)
    • Entertainment and audience enjoyment (30 points)
    • Performing skills (15 points)
    • Faithfulness to the story and characters of the original work. (25 points)
  • Costume: (100 points)
    • Construction (50 points)
    • Faithfulness to the original character OR originality. (35 points)
    • WOW factor, props, etc. (15 points)

2.7 Safety and Cleanliness
2.7.1 Devices such as flash bombs, any kind of pyrotechnic device, or any type of device that causes staining or a large scattering of objects are prohibited. Scattering of objects is allowed so long as it complies with above rules. Anything that takes time to clean up on stage is not allowed as well. These may become potential hazards to remaining entrants. Using fire and liquids on stage are prohibited. Smoke related special effects are prohibited.

2.8 Animethon 20 may use any photographs and videos taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings. Secondary media coverage may be present at the event. All media captured by secondary media will be under their rules and regulations of fair media usage and not that of Animethon’s.

3. How To Register

3.1 There are 2 ways to enter the contest:
  • 3.1.1 Pre-register via the website using the Cosplay Contest form. The form will ask you for the following information:
    • your first and last name
    • your email and phone number
    • the character you will portray
    • the series your character is from
    • whether this is your first time entering a Cosplay Contest
    • whether your costume is self-made
    • if performing, provide a short summary of the skit
    • if not performing, state that you are doing a "walk-on"
    • if you want your own background music, please upload the song within the form (mp3 format only) if you do not have any specific music and would like to use Animethon's music, state it in the additional information section
    • If participating in a group, only one person from the team needs to complete this form with the following additional information for each team member:
      • their first and last name
      • the characters they will portray
      • the series their characters are from
      • whether their costume is self-made
  • 3.1.2 You can also register onsite. Please come to room Room 7-184 on Saturday, August 10, between 9:00am and approximately noon (exact times to be announced). We will be accepting onsite registration during this time.
  • 3.1.3 If you have any questions or concerns, please email Jason C. at cosplay[at]animethon[dot]org


This information is subject to change, please check back prior to the event for updates. Thank you.